Foreign Study Program in Africa
Frequently Asked Questions
* What arrangments have been made for student who need to see a doctor
while on the FSP?
In Pretoria, our principal base this Fall Term '03, we will use one of the
24-hour clinics maintained around the University of Pretoria, as we have in the past.
As in past years, our primary care physician continues to be Dr. Philda de Jager,
who is also the personal physician for several of our Pretoria staff and their families.
(Dr. de Jager is also one of the team doctors for the South African Olympic team.)
Toll Free Phone: 0800 199 533
Clinic: (27) (11) 4822 980
Contact: Dr. Philda de Jager
* What arrangments have been made for emergencies that may happen while
on field trips?
Each student and all faculty members will be registered with a South
African Medical Air Rescue Service. This service operates emergency
aircraft throughout South Africa ans will evacuate emergency cases from
the national parks to hospitals in Pretoria and Johannesburg.
* How will the group be transported in Africa?
While the students are attending classes in Pretoria they will be transported
to and from their urban homestay family by private family car. On occasion,
the program may provide for a van service. In the past, the homestay
families have also car-pooled students.
For field trips, the students and directors will travel by office coach
(bus) companies, and/or by vans driven by licensed and appropriate drivers.
These drivers will be the Dartmouth faculty members and other university
* Is there a listing of important telephone numbers?
A list of telephone numbers (the Director's home, homestay family,
doctors, etc.) is provided to each student during Orientation in Pretoria.
A copy will be sent to all parents by the ENVS main office at Dartmouth.
* How can I contact a student on the AFSP?
All mail should be sent to:
Your student's name
C/O M. Dobson
University of Pretoria
Centre for Environmental Studies
Geography Building Room 2/1
No items of value should be mailed to an AFSP student while he/she
is in Africa. Customs may charge a duty against the declared value and
the student will have to pay this amount before claiming the package.
Packages are also sometimes opened.
Email is the best way to communicate, if possible. The students will
have access to email at cybercafes just down the street from the University
of Pretoria. Students are encouraged to keep their Dartmouth Blitzmail
acounts active and to log-on to them from Africa.
Another good way to reach your student is through his/her
urban homestay family's private home telephone. These are available for
in-coming international calls only,
but are severely restricted for out-going calls because of the enormous
expense. International calls are extremely expensive. Students should bring
an AT&T (or other server) International Calling Card with them
Your student will be urged to email you his/her homestay parents'
telephone number as soon as your student is settled in (around 22-23
The Directors may also be reached by their home phone. That number
will be given to students upon their arrival in Pretoria. It will also
be sent to parents and the ENVS main office.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SOUTHERN AFRICA IS 7 (SEVEN!) HOURS AHEAD OF THE
UNITED STATES EAST COAST. THEREFORE, THE BEST TIMES TO CALL ARE BETWEEN
NOON (1200) AND 2 PM (1400) EST.
* Are there good ways to stay up-to-date on events in Southern
One of the best ways to keep in touch with events on the ground is
through the independent news sources.